Langston Hughes
Harlem (Dream Deferred) (1951)

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What happens to a dream deferred?

 

 

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Does it dry up

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like a raisin in the sun?

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Or fester like a sore--

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And then run?

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Does it stink like rotten meat?

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Or crust and sugar over--

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like a syrupy sweet?

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Maybe it just sags

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like a heavy load.

 

 

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Or does it explode?